Christina Fernandez (photographer)

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Christina Fernandez
Born1965 (age 53–54)
Alma mater
Known forPhotography

Christina Fernandez (born 1965) is an American photographer. She is an associate professor and co-chair of the photography department at Cerritos College.[1][2]


Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1996.[3]

Based in Los Angeles, her works deal with social and political commentary.[4] Social consciousness and her Mexican heritage often influence her photography and collages, along with themes of space, migration, immigration, labor, gender, and her own relationship to the city of Los Angeles.[5][6][7]

Fernandez has received many awards and fellowships, including a Fellowship for Visual Arts in 2011 from the California Community Foundation.[8][9]

Her photographs are held in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[10] Since 2007, Fernandez's work has frequently been featured in exhibits at Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica.[11]

Selected Works[edit]

María’s Great Expedition (1995–96)[edit]

María’s Great Expedition (1995–96) is a reenactment of Fernandez own family history interwoven with America's history. Through six photographs of staged scenes and a map, Fernandez reimagines the story of her great-grandmother, a single mother who migrated from Mexico to Southern California. The scenes reference stories about the formidable challenges of starting anew in an unfamiliar place. By employing various costumes and printing techniques, Fernandez signals the passage of time. She also provides intimate narratives that offer insight into the circumstances of that time and challenge stereotypes about immigrants.[12][13]

Sereno (2006)[edit]

The Sereno series (2006) was shot in El Sereno, in northeast Los Angeles, a working-class Mexican and Mexican American neighborhood. It describes Fernandez’s role as a participant in the gentrification of the area since the 2008 housing bubble burst. Fernandez conveys a sense of homelessness, of something lost, missing, or unattainable through the images by photographing in-between spaces where the refuse of outdated household items was dumped and people who could not afford even this modest community were forced to live outside. Sereno is absent of human figures and describes human presence through things left behind. By foregrounding the refuse against the backdrop of neighborhood homes, Sereno asks, “Who is this place for? Who has access? Who does not?”[14][15]


  1. ^ "Christina Fernandez". Gallery Luisotti. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Christina Fernandez". Cerritos College. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Christina Fernandez". Gallery Luisotti. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "How Many Billboards? Art In Stead". MAK Center. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ Benavidez, Max (July 14, 1991). "Illuminating the Invisible: Christina Fernandez is making her mark with photographic collages that mix cultural influences and ethereal themes". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ Laura E. Pérez (9 August 2007). Chicana Art. Duke University Press. pp. 129–. ISBN 0-8223-3868-8.
  7. ^ "Christina Fernandez". Gallery Luisotti. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Christina Fernandez". Gallery Luisotti. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  9. ^ "2011 Fellows". California Community Foundation. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Maria's Great Expedition". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Christina Fernandez Exhibitions". Gallery Luisotti. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography". The Eye of Photography Magazine. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  13. ^ "María's Great Expedition". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  14. ^ "Christina Fernandez's Lines of Sight". Aperture Foundation NY. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  15. ^ "Sereno, 2006 | Gallery Luisotti". Retrieved 2019-04-23.